Review of The Grisly Hand’s self-titled at Modern Vinyl

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A double album can be an odd duck, but Kansas City’s The Grisly Hand may have unlocked its secrets. On the surface, the idea of recording 19 songs, putting them out as two separate compact discs (a year apart), and then re-sequencing them as a double vinyl release (now self-titled) sounds overly-complicated, and maybe it is. However, while the two albums which comprise The Grisly Hand’s double LP — last year’s Flesh & Gold, and this year’s Hearts & Stars — are both excellent records on their own, it’s when the two are combined that this music really takes shape.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/23/17

Recommending Nikki Lane’s “Jackpot” at Modern Vinyl

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For every discussion about how Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton are bringing energy and fervor back to country music, while making it “real” again, I can’t help but feel like Nikki Lane is getting shunted to the side. She’s been kicking out albums since her 2011 debut, Walk of Shame, a full three years prior to Simpson’s debut. The title track’s liberated, feminist embrace of the same topics Simpson would get praise for on Metamodern Sounds in Country Music‘s “Life of Sin” three years later should give Lane the same acclaim as her male peers, but for some reason, she’s been quietly relegated to the background when discussion of taking back Nashville comes around.
Read the full recommendation at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/23/17

Review of Eve 6’s self-titled at Modern Vinyl

eve 6 cover Eve 6’s self-titled debut is nearly 20 years old, and I only just listened to it all the way through. It’s weird when an album as omnipresent as this finally makes its way to vinyl, because it’s not like you can’t easily snag a copy of the compact disc in any record store dollar bin. Despite this being a platinum record, it’s the sort of thing which dominated the ‘90s alt-rock scene: an album with a big, inescapable single that led to a sophomore album which was more of the same. Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/19/17

Review of Exterminators’ ‘Product of America’ at Modern Vinyl

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A band returning to record material years after the fact isn’t unheard of: the Sloths put out an album on Burger, 50 years after recording their only single, “Makin’ Love,” in 1965, and it’s absolutely fantastic. But for a band to return 40 years later to the material and seemingly be angrier than the majority of most young punks? It’s positively astonishing.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/23/17

Interview with Creep Records’ Will Angelos at Modern Vinyl

creep-records-logo-copy With a myriad of options for vinyl subscriptions, there’s no end to who can curate new listening experiences for you. Still, there’s nothing quite like the hand-picked, personal touch that comes with a recommendation from a local record shop. One such record shop is combining those two worlds. Philadelphia’s Creep Records, along with a physical store in the Northern Liberties section of the city, has been a record label for over 20 years, releasing albums by the likes of Plow United and more. Here, each subscriber has legit record store employees making picks for them each month. We reached out to Creep’s manager, Will Angelos, via e-mail and asked him some questions about this new spin on an old idea. Read the full interview at Modern Vinyl. Published 1/17/17

Review of Rene Riche & Her Cosmic Band’s ‘Love In Space’ at Modern Vinyl

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Space disco is almost always the name of the game with Private Records’ releases, and Rene Riche and Her Cosmic Band’s Love In Space already leans heavy in the name of both the performer and release — to say nothing of the cover art. So, one oughtn’t be too terribly surprised at what comes out of the speakers.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/27/16

Review of Beck’s ‘Odelay’ at Modern Vinyl

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Revisiting this record after decades of alt-rock radio play, it’s refreshing to know that everything still stands up. The singles have been ran into the ground, and lord knows I never need to hear “Devil’s Haircut” again, but “Jack-Ass” is like a revelation. That swimming, relaxed mood provides a glimpse into what Beck would do on his follow-up, Mutations, and the switch-up from what is — at its heart — a blues record still feels as fresh as it did 20 years ago. Start to finish, this is a record which stands the test of time. Much like Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, or RZA as Bobby Digital, this is the sort of music to which most musicians have yet to catch up to.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/27/16

Sneak peak of Berwanger’s ‘Exorcism Rock’ figures at Modern Vinyl

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For the forthcoming Berwanger album, Exorcism Rock — the second for the band, and first for label Doghouse Records — frontman Josh Berwanger has more in mind than just 11 tracks of exceedingly catchy rock ‘n’ roll. As if four different vinyl variants weren’t enough, there’s going to be an action figure variant. Wait, what? Yes, indeed. An action figure tied to a new album isn’t new, obviously — Major Lazer and Less Than Jake have both released vinyl toys to tie in with records — but this might be the first to be blister-carded to the front of an LP. It’s such a crazy and cool idea, we reached out to Berwanger, as well as the man making it, Aaron of indie toymaker, Retroband. Not only did we get to hear about the new collaboration, but we have the exclusive first look at the Exorcism Rock toy.
Read both Q&As in full at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/20/16

Review of My Chemical Romance’s ‘The Black Parade/Living With Ghosts’ at Modern Vinyl

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While not the reunion so many hoped for when first teased via social media, the 10th anniversary edition of My Chemical Romance’s magnum opus, The Black Parade, is still something to celebrate. Given that the original pressing of the LP fetches rather exorbitant prices, and the 2015 repress is on colored vinyl, being able to get one’s hand on a plain black wax copy for less than $50 is glory enough. Throwing in a bonus LP of demos is just icing on the cake for those of us wanting to spin this on wax.
Read the full review at Modern Vinyl. Published 10/18/16